Diana Copperwhite : Sounding of Silhouettes

4 - 28 October 2023

The gallery is pleased to present Sounding of Silhouettes, a solo exhibition by Diana Copperwhite of watercolours and small paintings from her Notes on Lightness, Notes on Darkness Series.


'The surfeit of visual information that confronts everyone in the digital era, afflicts and affects visual artists as much as anyone else. How can a painter, working in that venerable medium, grapple with or grasp the complexities of today's world, and compose or contain this reality within the boundaries of a canvas. The ubiquity of this current phenomenon sees unprecedentedly powerful computers in the hands of billions of citizens right across the world. They can access an unending range of data with no discernible horizon and unfathomable interconnectivities. They pay for things, upload, learn and watch stuff, search, interact and consume. Moreover, our available resources for checking and verifying references are no longer accumulated in the volumes on our shelves. Instead, data are continuously hoovered up in real time into the atomised clouds of '1's and '0's that de- and re-materialise, then are routed through the online domains in our addictive-by-design devices.'

Extract from Figure, Skin, Disrupt, Construct. A Word A Start and An Ending by Sean Rainbird.


Diana Copperwhite lives and works in Dublin. Copperwhite's work stems from an idiosyncratic practice that embraces the temporal nature of painting practice. This encompasses working with large-scale wall installations, large canvases, drawing and an ongoing interest in the human portrait. Recent solo exhibitions include ONOMATOPOEIA, curated by Aoife Ruane, touring exhibition, Highlanes Gallery / Limerick City Gallery of Art / Galway International Arts Festival (2023). Reflections in a Darker Mirror, Thomas Jaeckel, New York (2022). Vanishing Apertures, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2021). Works on Paper, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin (2021). Lockdown Series, Online exhibition, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2020). Proto Fiction and the Sleep of Reason, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2019). A Clock Struck Between Time, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel New York. Crooked Orbit, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2018). Driven by Distraction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016). Depend on the Morning Sun, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York (2016) and A Million and One Things Under the Sun, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2015). Recent selected group shows include Shelter, curated by Ann Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland (2023). It Took a Century: Women Artists and the RHA, National Gallery of Ireland (2023). ANARENE, Group Exhibition, curated by Danny Rolph, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York (2023). Who do we say we are, Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame University, Indiana (2022). Royal Academy London (2022). PRISM, The Glucksman, Cork, (2019). Mark Rothko Centre Latvia (2018). Copperwhite’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including: The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame University, The British Library, The Rothko Center Latvia, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Office of Public Works, Contemporary Irish Art Society, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Mariehamn Stadbiblioteque, Aland Finland, Dublin Institute of Technology and The President of Ireland. Recent reviews include Colour scale, Aidan Dunne, Irish Arts Review (2023), Diana Copperwhite: The Clock Struck Between Time, Robert R. Shane, The Brooklyn Rail (2019), Diana Copperwhite: Signal to Noise, Stephen Maine, Hyperallergic (2017), Diana Copperwhite: I think about what the paintings can't do and then I try to do it, an interview with Helen O’Leary (Professor of Painting, Penn State College of Arts and Architecture), Two Coats of Paint (2015) and a recent podcast and interview with Museum of Non-visable Art, Yale University Radio (2023). Diana is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Aosdána and the Shell/ter Collective.